The Gifts of Faith
Created by cherub hands
my own clay kachina sits
upon antiqued mahogany
beside ivory winged angels
and wooden candlesticks
that flicker and cast shadows upon my hand
resting gently upon Psalm 18:46.
My eyes close, offer praise
to the God of my Salvation
as my Murano beads I caress,
finding wisdom, comfort, hope.
And when I snuff the light
and shelf the Christian creed
does a colorful spirit dance about
feathers swaying in the dark of night
offering the gifts of faith a different way?
by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, January 5, 2011
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This was a fun poetry challenge presented by Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: The Art of Assemblage. Click the link for the full directions, but a summary is: look around your living area. Make a list of your beloved items. Rename your objects or add adjectives and describe their meaning. Pen a poem with a list of some of your favorite things.
Hundreds of books, a few old Bibles = Treasured words
Numerous dark wooden candlesticks = architecture, a lit flame
Children's clay projects = unspoiled creativity
White angel figurines = promise/comfort
Grandmother's antiques = yesteryear
A variety of beaded rosaries = hope, faith